Joseph Mallord William Turner

Huy, Looking Upstream


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 78 × 118 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 37 a

Catalogue entry

These cursory sketches show Huy, with the citadel atop the crest of a precipice overlooking the town, the Collegiate Church of Notre-Dame set against the cliff, and the ancient arched bridge crossing the Meuse. Two of the sketches are orientated in accordance with the foliation, with the uppermost of these extending onto the folio opposite (Tate D19626; Turner Bequest CCXVI 38). The other two views have been drawn with the sketchbook turned horizontally to landscape format.
For other views of Huy in this sketchbook see Tate D19627–D19635; Turner Bequest CCXVI 38a–43; see also the Huy and Dinant sketchbook (Tate D20087–D20093, D20109–D20110; Turner Bequest CCXVII 2a–6a, 16–7) and the Brussels up to Mannheim sketchbook of 1833 (Tate D29653, D29656–D29659, D29661–D29662, D29768, D29771; Turner Bequest 29, 30a–32, 33–33a, 90, 91a). For later sketches, see Tate D28048, D28053, D28057, D28067, D28096, D28131–D28137, D28139–D28143, D28147, D28149; Turner Bequest CCLXXXVII 4, 6a, 8a, 13a, 28a, 47a–50a, 51a–53a, 56a, 57a. There are also a number of colour sketches in gouache with watercolour and pen and ink produced on blue paper dated around 1839 (Tate D20221, D20222, D20226, D20268, D20288; Turner Bequest CCXX N, O, S; CCXXII I, CCXXIII C).

Alice Rylance-Watson
March 2014

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